GOVERNMENT MINISTER VISITS DISCOVERY PARK TO VIEW EXPANSION PLANS
Posted on 11.08.2014
Discovery Park in Sandwich, Kent, was visited by Penny Mordaunt MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary for Communities on 7 August to hear about its growth during the past two years and its master plan for the future.
The Minister, whose remit includes responsibility for coastal communities and enterprise zones, was accompanied by Cllr Paul Watkins, Leader of Dover District Council and Adrian Fox, Planning and Policy Manager. Following a tour of the Discovery Park site, which is Europe’s leading science and technology park, the minister was given a presentation on the enterprise zone’s future plans and its work within the local community.
The Local Growth Minister expressed her keen support for Discovery Park’s master plan and said: “I have been very impressed with the clear vision they have at Discovery Park and by how much they have achieved in the last two years. The Enterprise Zone is creating opportunities for businesses that will help nearby communities thrive and bring benefits far beyond the local area.
“Our long-term economic plan is helping build resilient economies in all parts of the country and ensuring communities have the tools they need to create jobs.”
Paul Barber, Managing Director of Discovery Park, said, “We are proud to be attracting interest from the government in our future plans. Having recently been awarded a £5.7million cash injection by the Minister’s department to develop our vacant properties, it is great to share our vision and plans in how that award will help to build more opportunities. Our vision is to increase our current job count from 1,600 to 3,000 by 2017 offering further employment opportunities for local people.”
Discovery Park has just celebrated its two-year anniversary, which has seen the park grow from five tenants to almost 100, with a mixture of science, technology and business enterprise sectors. The anniversary was also celebrated with the news of the £4.6million “in principle” award for new infrastructure projects in UK enterprise zones from the South East Local Enterprise Partnership.